Another Crash on Arkansas Ave Proves that Inaction is Unacceptable

This morning, another crash ocurred on Arkansas Avenue, just a block north of where Kelly was hit.

On the morning of Sunday, April 6, a tow truck traveling northwest on Arkansas Avenue slammed into parked cars stationed just north of Iowa Avenue. The impact was so great that the first parked car jumped forward into the second, the second rammed into the third, and so forth — ultimately totalling or damaging four parked cars. People were walking to church just feet away from the impact.

A neighbor happened to have a video camera set up to record, and caught the incident on tape. It’s blurry, but in this video you can see that the tow truck was traveling quite quickly — as drivers too often do on this stretch — and that several pedestrians were scarily close to the crash area.

The crash occurs at 0:03 in this clip. It’s a bit blurry, so take a couple of times to watch it. You can really see how fast the truck was going once you see where the crash happens.

A neighbor reports that the tow trucked flipped over on its side and the driver was taken to the hospital to an ambulance. As far as we know, no other people were hurt.

This is just the most recent in a series of dangerous crashes that occurred when speeding drivers rear-ended parked vehicles on Arkansas Avenue. A shockingly similar incident one block south crushed Kelly Dillon’s leg. Eight surgeries and six months later, Mayor Vince Gray, the DC Department of Transportation, and Councilmember Muriel Bowser have admirably promised action to change to street design to slow down traffic — but we have seen no changes and no clear timetable for action.

The latest crash proves that there’s no excuse for inaction on this issue. Kelly created a petition on to demand action from Councilmember Bowser, Mayor Gray, and DDOT Chief Engineer James Cheeks — sign here to demand immediate action to make Arkansas Avenue safer.

This time, we’re going beyond the neighborhood. We’re going pitch journalists at the Washington Post, DC blogs, WAMU, and local TV news. The more people sign on, the more attention we’ll be able to bring to the issue and the more pressure will build for a solution.

Here’s Kelly’s take on today’s crash:

What frustrates me the most about this latest accident is that it fits the same pattern of single-vehicle accidents my neighbors and I have witnessed for years. The poor street design makes it all too easy for drivers to speed and collide with parked cars. At a community meeting in December following my accident, representatives from DDOT, Councilwoman Bowser’s office, and Mayor Gray’s office made a commitment to address the issue with specific improvements. Four months and one accident later, we are still waiting. The inaction of our public officials in this matter is unacceptable and irresponsible.

Let’s not let this vital community safety issue fall to the wayside as political priorities shift. Sign Kelly’s new petition demanding immediate action here. 

And if you have more details about this most recent crash — especially if you were present or your car was one of the affected vehicles — please get in touch with us.

Let’s fix Arkansas Avenue — with enough voices of outrage and support, we can get this done!

Thanks for your ongoing support.